Welcome to Wildwater Canoeing

Wildwater Canoeing is a discipline of canoe racing, also known as Wildwater Racing and Whitewater Racing. The wildwater time trial is the purest of whitewater racing forms - the athlete, the river, the clock.

A racing performance is the result of physical conditioning, skill and harmony with the water - and is the only sport where social paddling is necessary to achieve a peak performance. Beautiful water, scenery and companionship make the Wild Water Racing experience compelling. The competitor is free to take whichever route on the river they desire, a freedom of racing unsurpassed in the whitewater world. 

Wildwater Canoeing is governed by the British Canoe Union, and managed through GB Canoeing.

Latest News

  • The ICF Junior & U23 Wildwater World Championships begins on 2nd August and the team are already in Bryson City, North Carolina ahead of the competition (lucky them!). They've been on the water training in some pretty tough conditions, including a bizarre rainstorm - Ryan's paddling must have been on fire because steam was rising from the boat! ... We will be keeping you updated on the teams performance whilst in the USA, but in the meantime, please join us in wishing the team the very best of luck!! GO ON TEAM!

    The Latest from the camp... "Having arrived SaturdaySunday was spent getting over jet lag and fitting c1 out for Ryan Hunt GB champion u23 c1 paddler...Ryan jumped in the water and spent the morning doing classic and sprint runs...Sunday night was spent by Ryan doing a flat water training test in very hot humid temperatures... it was beautiful. Steam and mist rising off the lake and all you can hear are the birds, absolutely unreal. Big big thanks to Chris Hipgrave for meeting us so warmly on Sunday and to Chris Norbury for driving us round yesterday."

    Photo of Ryan Hunt running Nantahala Falls (thanks Chris Norbury/Julie Lewis for the high action shot!)

    More details on the event can be found at http://nantahala2015.com/ "

  • Having arrived Saturday Sunday was spent getting over jet lag and fitting out boats. Several Australians and Americans on the water and one from Luxembourg Monday were given a guided tour by the organiser Chris Norbury who drove us around showing us all the get one

    Then Ryan Hunt jumped in the water with the Aussies and spent the morning doing classic and sprint runs

    Early morning releases don't start until Wednesday and the river is incredibly busy with raft traffic

    Sunday night flat water training session on the lake at the bottom of the damn. In very hot humid temperatures it was beautiful. Steam and mist rising off the lake and all you can hear are the birds, absolutely unreal

    The Czechs arrived yesterday and are in the cabins next to us

    Big big thanks to Chris Hipgrave for meeting us so warmly on Sunday and to Chris Norbury for driving us round yesterday

    People arriving by the day 

  • British Canoeing Level 4 – Stop Press:

    British Canoeing are recruiting candidates for the Level 4 Coach Programme due to start May 2016/2017. Please get in touch with Fiona.fuller@britishcanoeing.org.uk for more information if you are interested.

  • The 2015/2016 Celendar is now up and available here. Please can organisers provide the race details to Julie Lewis so that we can fill out the full celendar in good time.

  • A Reminder that the Wavehopper Finals have been moved in date and location:


  • The Hamble River Raid was a great success with a number of craft taking to the water. Results can be found here

    hamble river raid 2015 me 1

  • Results from the second race in the Duddon Summer series have been published.





    Due to an increasingly busy summer competition and in response to club requests we’ve moved the Wavehopper Championship date back to the more traditional date in September. I’m delighted to say that the Nene Wild Water Centre will now be hosting the event on Sunday 27th September. We are still waiting on final confirmation and the race briefing should be at 12 noon with practice from 1 pm and racing from 2pm.


    The Nene is a great venue and we last ran the Wavehopper Championships there in 2012 after the Olympics. This time it will be after the Slalom Worlds which again should be an inspirational event so please come along – individuals and clubs are all welcome.

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